FILE - Egypt's First Lady Entissar Al-Sisi
CAIRO – 15 April 2020: Egypt’s First Lady Entissar Amer late on Wednesday said she made a phone call with the mother of a police officer who was killed during fire exchange with terrorist elements in Cairo on the previous day.
Amer mourned the death of Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed Al-Houfi, a father of three children, the oldest of whom is seven years old, who was part of a raid on a terrorist hideout in Cairo’s crowd district of Amiriya. Seven terrorists died in the raid, according to the Interior Ministry.
“I affirmed, during the phone call with the mother of the martyr-hero, that we are proud of her son and proud of all righteous martyrs, who make sacrifices and fight brute terrorism with full honor and heroism,” the first lady said in a Facebook post.
She said she is also proud of the victim’s mother, considering her among the models of “strong” and “steadfast” women.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi earlier on Wednesday mourned the death of Houfi and wished the injured policemen a speedy recovery.
“I followed with pride and appreciation the heroic action of the men of the Interior Ministry,” the president said in a Facebook post on Wednesday
He added that such action has “affirmed the courage of policemen in the face of terrorist and the ability of the Egyptian state to preserve security and safety of the homeland and the citizens despite all challenges.”
The Egyptian Ministry of Interior said on a statement Tuesday that its forces eliminated a terrorist cell that practiced extremism and was located in the east of Cairo before plotting attacks against the Egyptian Copts.
The statement revealed that the terrorist elements timed their attacks to coincide with Christian religious holidays, adding that 7 terrorists were killed during a fire exchange with counter-terrorism forces.
Another officer and two policemen were wounded according to the Ministry’s statement.
The security forces confiscated six machine guns, four birdshot rifles, and a large supply of ammunition found with the dead terrorists.
The statement added that the security forces also raided a weapons store located in Al Matariya neighborhood in the east of Cairo to find four machine guns and ammunition that would have been used in the attacks against the Copts.
Egyptian General Attorney Hamada Al Sawi ordered to open an investigation into the fire exchange between security forces and terrorist elements at a Cairo’s neighborhood that ended with the elimination of the terrorists.